Our Case Studies CD-ROM Series was designed to give students an opportunity to "learn by doing." Most textbook case scenarios are usually brief and only give pieces of the whole case. Actual case files with the court typically contain issues too complicated for beginning students, the documents are too lengthy, or they are often incomplete since discovery devises are not filed with the court. Instructors can create their own cases, but it is often a burden because of the time commitment. With this series, the work is done for them. Each CD-ROM contains a case file, a series of documents that would be found in a litigation, criminal law, or family law file. Documents will be included in their entirety instead of as abbreviated versions. The student will therefore be involved in working on an entire case and not just parts of a case. Each case will be simplistic to appeal to the beginning student, but will still be realistic. An extensive list of assignments is provided for the instructor to select from. None of the cases are state or time specific, so they can be used in any jurisdiction at any time. With these CDs, the student will be able to analyze cases while producing legal documents and preparing legal research, just as paralegals do in actual law offices. By completing these exercises, a paralegal can develop the practical skills necessary to function as a valuable and effective member of a legal team. Robertson v. Adcock: Involves a civil action brought by a minor, and her parents, for injuries received as the result of dog bites to the minor's face. The claims against the Defendants include negligence, violation of the state's Revised Code, loss of consortium and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
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Janis Walter, J.D., is a professor of Paralegal Studies at the University of Cincinnati where she coordinates and teaches in the university's ABA-approved paralegal program, a position she has held since 1988. She has served as the chair of the American Bar Association's Approval Commission on Paralegals since 2012 and previously served as a commissioner and on the Standing Committee for Paralegals. In addition, she has chaired and served as the educational representative on many site teams evaluating paralegal programs. An active member of the American Association for Paralegal Education, Professor Walter has developed model syllabi and served as editor of the PARALEGAL EDUCATOR. She has presented at many different forums on topics ranging from teaching effectiveness to handling adoptions. She is also the author of THE OHIO COURTS, widely popular CD case studies covering civil litigation, criminal law, and family law, and developed three learning labs for a virtual law office. Professor Walter holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a law degree from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. She is licensed to practice in Kentucky and Ohio and before the United States Supreme Court.
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